Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Lighthouse Brides Collection

About The Book:  The exciting blend of adventure and romance makes each of these six novellas unforgettable as readers delight in the history of American lighthouses from Florida to Oregon, Massachusetts to Texas, North Carolina to Wisconsin and rejoice to watch lonely light keepers find love.  This is another book in the series of Brides Collection books from Barbour Books. This one is The Lighthouse Brides Collection, with combines six stories from six  authors. Each story setting is at one of six historical American lighthouses. The stories in this edition are:

When Love Awaits by Lynn A. Coleman with its lighthouse setting: Orcacoke, North Carolina 1825
Two weeks before hurricane season, one mighty powerful blows into Ocracoke along with a young Scottish man named Ian. Fiona is caring for the lighthouse lamp alone because her mother and father were in town getting supplies, unable to return before the storm breaks its fury loose. As time passes friendship and love begin to blossom between the lass and Ian, when her parents come home what does the future hold for this couple?

Phantom of My Heart by DiAnn Mills is set in Massachutes, 1845
Reading this adventure felt like more than a simple story, for it had many subplots which come together to present a wonderful tale. Lynette is a young grieving woman who is not looking for romance but just going though the daily motions. Now the town has hired a new lighthouse keeper, one who is not afraid of the ghost told about which inhabits the lighthouse walkway. Now there seems to be the threat of Lynette being arrested for murder, but what is the reason someone wants her off the island? What lure is there to bring such devious minds and acts to bring harm?
A Beacon in the Storm by Andrea Boeshaar has its setting in Wisconsin, 1868
Amanda and her mother have been tending the lighthouse for a long time, but now this season of Amanda’s life is coming to an end. There are competitors for the position of lighthouse keeper whose real intent for seeking such a position is unknown and highly speculative. Captain Cade along with his young daughter are giving up the sea, with Cade working in the grain business. With Amanda being only nineteen and unmarried what will the future hold for her, or Cade either?
Safe Harbor by Paige Winship Dooley is set in my homestate of Florida, 1883
Sailing across the ocean towards an unknown future Reagan is busy playing, keeping an eye on but quickly wearing out. Being below deck was too much for both the mother and daughter so the sailor who has taken their care to heart during the voyage, Joseph, sets them up inside a lifeboat to sleep. What happens next brings change to many lives.

Whispers Across the Blue by DiAnn Mills was set in Texas, 1875Jule is tending the lighthouse along with her brother and parents, she loved the sea she loved Mason more than anything. Since his proposal Jule has anticipated a long happy life with him, even though their social status were unequal. 
A Time to Love by Sally Laity  was set in Oregon, 1898
A woman wanting to fill the position of assistant lighthouse keeper was not usual, but Eden loved the job. Since becoming a widow with a young son to raise, she needed to be able to take care of him and their housekeeper Birdie. Dane had taken over the being captain since his brother drowned in order to pay off his brothers debts plus provide for his sister in law with four young children. What does the future hold for the two.

My Thoughts On The Book:  Since I love lighthouses and have always wanted to be a volunteer lighthouse keeper, I thought I would enjoy reading about the setting of each of these lighthouses. The details in each story of the area were interesting and the romance was heartwarming for each in its own way! I have to admit that the Lighthouse Brides Collection was disappointing in that each author seemed to just abruptly end the story and none of them seemed complete to me. 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Barbour Publishing and Net  I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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